Friday, September 16, 2022 – by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders

CIRCLEVILLE, OH. – A record price of $170,000 for a trotting yearling sold in the state of Ohio was set on Friday (Sept. 16) at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale at the Pickaway Ag Center, Circleville, OH.

The sale topper was hip # 103, Idas First Dance, who was a Volstead filly, first foal from a full sister to 2017 Ohio 3-year-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year ROSE RUN SYDNEY 4,1:54.1 ($597,703).  Purchased by Thomas Svensen, Agent for Swedish interests, she was consigned and sold by Dublin Valley Farms, Agent, Fredericksburg, OH.  She will be trained by Ohio-based trotting master Chris Beaver.

Robert Hershberger, owner of Dublin Valley Farms and one of a dozen breeders that own the sale, was not surprised by the high price.

“We had every confidence in Volstead, and clearly the astute buyers were willing to take a shot on a European champion son of Cantab Hall.  We had a lot of interest in him as a sire earlier in the year, as well as his yearlings this fall.”

Swedish Cup winner and European Champion Volstead 1:51.3f ($773,903), whose record is not indicated on the USTA pedigree pages, was able to overcome the missing data and top the sale in both highest priced yearling, as well as overall average.

“We are very proud that Volstead’s yearlings averaged $67,333,” noted Mr. Hershberger.  “His yearlings looked the part and were well received by the trainers and the buyers.”

The gross sales for 266 yearlings sold was $7,478,500, with this year’s Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale enjoying an 2% increase in overall average ($28,115) and a relatively flat gross for seven less horses sold over last year.  The sale was conducted by the Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Co., on behalf of the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association, a consortium of Buckeye State nurseries that collectively own the enterprise.

Sons and daughters of What The Hill (33) and Uncle Peter (16) averaged $35,152 and $32,438 respectively, with each sire having a six figure yearling to their credit.  Spring Haven Farm sold (hip # 98) a What The Hill half-sister to A FANCY FACE 4,1:53.1 ($359,820) for $110,000 to Greg Luther, Blacklick, OH. 

Hickory Lane Horse Farm sold (hip # 195) an Uncle Peter full sister to World Champion A REAL LEGEND 2,1:55h-’22 ($81,300) for $105,000 to Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills of Zanesville.

On the pacing side, it was another banner year by Diamond Creek/Sugar Valley Farm’s pacing sire Downbytheseaside, who continued to lead the way with 41 sold for a gross of $1.8 million and an average of $45,780.

The highest priced pacer sold was hip # 102 Cowboy By The Sea, a Downbytheseaside half-brother to CAPTAIN COWGIRL p,3,1:49.3f-’22 ($542,038), who brought $127,000 from The Stable.ca’s Anthony MacDonald.  Owned and consigned by Jeff and Senena Esty’s Spring Haven Farm, the colt was one of four yearlings by Downbytheseaside that fetched six figure prices.

The Burke brigade was out in force at the Ohio Select Sale, and captured the first six figure yearling of the day, (hip # 87) from the LMN Bred consignment.  Bringing $120,000, the son of Downbytheseaside was the highest priced yearling Mitch and Laura Nault had ever bred and sold.  “We bred and sold this colt’s dam, Graceful Vision,” noted Laura Nault.  “So this was a very special day for us.  We are thrilled he is going to the Burke Stable.”

Ryan Miller, Greenville, OH, signed the $115,000 ticket for the highest priced pacing filly sold.  Also by Downbytheseaside, (hip # 275) she from a multiple stakes-winning half-sister to SECTIONLINE BIGRY p,1:48-’22 ($896,337).  Consigned by Cool Winds Farm, it was the first six figure yearling ever sold by Randy and Kim Haines.

Racing Hill had the second highest average of pacing sires with 10 or more sold, getting $28,182 each.  Of the first-crop pacing sires, Dancin Yankee led the way with an average of $24,167.

For complete sales results, go to:


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First crop sires in Ohio creating buzz

Monday, August 22, 2022 – by Chris Tully for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Assoc.

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – First crop sires always create a buzz going into a fresh auction season.  With new foals on the ground and yearlings being prepped for sales, breeders have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to display and market their yet-unproven harness horses to the public.  The Ohio Selected Jug Sale on Friday, September 16 at the Pickaway Ag Center will offer 46 colts and fillies by these new and exciting additions to the Ohio-sired landscape.

World Champion Lather Up p,4,1:46 ($1,735,623) leads the pack with the most yearlings offered (21) and up until this year carried the moniker of ‘co-fastest Standardbred of all-time.’ 

Lather Up serviced a full book in his first season while standing at Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, and manager Joe McLead is very pleased with the stallion’s progeny.

“The Lather Up foals that I have seen are great bodied and have good conformation.  They have a powerful look and are intelligent horses,” noted McLead.

One cataloged standout is a Lather Up half-brother (Hip# 131) to 2-time Ohio Champion Queen Of The Pride p,4,1:50.2f ($787,211), being offered by Hickory Lane Horse Farm.

Another household name around the Buckeye State is Dancin Yankee p,1:47.2f ($2,003,907), whose 13 yearlings include eight colts and five fillies.  A world champion and 3-time Ohio Older Pacer of the Year, Dancin Yankee also bred a full book in his first season. 

Still the fastest older pacer on a half-mile track (1:48.4), Dancin Yankee stands at Cool Winds Farm in Lima and remains one of the best Ohio-sired harness horses of all-time.

Spring Haven Farm will sell a Dancin Yankee half-sister (Hip# 222) to Mr Wiggle Pants p,4,1:49.4 ($483,357), the 2016 Ohio 3-year-old Pacing Colt of the Year.

On the trotting side, Dublin Valley Farms stands Volstead 1:51.3f ($773,903), a son of Cantab Hall with seven yearlings making their American debut.  His first yearlings sold in Australia earlier in the year, with one individual fetching A$95,000, and topping the sale session.

A Group 1 European champion, Volstead won 23 races, including the prestigious Sweden Cup, and set a season’s leading record at Solvalla in 2017.

Walnut Valley Equine sells a Volstead half-sister (Hip# 263) to World Champion Barn Girl 1:52.3h ($860,478).

Rounding out the freshmen sires is Bit Of A Legend N p,1:49.4h ($2,569,621), who stands at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg.  With five colts and fillies being offered, the son of Bettor’s Delight won nearly a third of all his starts, winning 53 races lifetime and defeating some of the top older pacers of his era.

Midland Acres will offer a Bit Of A Legend N filly (Hip# 214) that is a half-sister to Rockette Baby p,4,1:50.3 ($191,496) and Johnny Rockette p, 4,1:52.1h ($138,730), etc.

An online PDF sale catalog for the upcoming annual Ohio Selected Jug Sale is now available on the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders website.

The link: https://secureservercdn.net/  which will access the full sale catalog, and can be downloaded for quick viewing.

Follow us on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OhioHHBreeders/  and video links are posted to the website when they become available.

The Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association is a cooperative of Buckeye State equine nurseries dedicated to the promotion and growth of Ohio Standardbreds, and include:  Abby Stables, LTD., Cool Winds Farm, Dublin Valley Farms, Hickory Lane Horse Farm, LMN Bred Stables, Inc., Midland Acres, Inc., Rose Run Farm, Spring Haven Farm, Steiner Stock Farm, Sugar Valley Farm and Winterwood Farm.

For additional information, contact Randy Haines at 2060 S Cool Rd., Lima, OH 45806 (419) 227-2665 or Laura Nault at 17605 Clarks Run Rd., Mount Sterling, OH 43143.  Email: LJNault@gmail.com.

Ohio Select Yearling Sale is ‘Sea-sational’

Friday, September 17, 2021 – by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders

CIRCLEVILLE, OH. – The Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale enjoyed an 11% increase in overall average and a similar 11% increase in gross sales from last year’s record breaking auction, for the same number of horses sold.

For 273 yearlings auctioned, the gross sales were $7,538,00 for an average of $27,612 per Standardbred yearling.

Held on Friday, September 17 at the beautiful Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio, all the top Buckeye owners and trainers were on hand, or bidding electronically, to take advantage of the lucrative Ohio Sire Stakes program.

Buoyed by Diamond Creek’s pacing sire Downbytheseaside, who was a dominant force on the racetrack this season, the son of Somebeachsomewhere also lit up the bid board throughout the day.

A record price of $200,000 for a yearling sold in the state of Ohio was set by Hip # 139, Elusive Beauty, who was a Downbytheseaside half-sister to 2020 Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa p,4,1:47.1-’21 ($561,120).  Purchased by Dana Parham’s Odds On Racing, Boca Raton, FL, she was bred, consigned and sold by Steiner Stock Farm, Lima, OH.

Steiner Stock Farms manager Al Manke holds Elusive Beauty who topped the sale at $200,000.

Joe McClead, who stands the stallion Downbytheseaside at his Delaware, Ohio nursery Sugar Valley Farms, stated, “All the cards were right, not only for the sale topper, but to bring a horse like this into Ohio, and have the confidence of the breeders, is a great testament to the program.”

Sons and daughters of Downbytheseaside dominated the sales ring today, fetching an average price of $53,674 for gross sales of $2.3 million with 43 individuals sold.

“It’s a great thing for Ohio and it’s a lot of fun to be a part of it,” McLead concluded.  “But it’s not just Downbytheseaside, there is a lot of excitement everywhere.  You have got to be a part of it.  It’s not easy to make a living in this business.  But, in Ohio you have more opportunity, and that is what makes it the Great State of Ohio!”

The highest priced trotting yearling sold was Hip# 126, Rose Run Yorick, a gorgeous What The Hill colt from a full sister to Crazed 3,1:52.2 ($1,063,059), which was hammered down to Hatfield Stables, Columbus, Ohio for $160,000.  Bred, consigned and sold by Rose Run Farm, it was the first time that nursery had broken the six-figure mark.

Rose Run Yorick brought $160,000, the highest priced trotting yearling ever sold in the state of Ohio.

“As a young man I went to an auction and I saw them sell a yearling for $100,000, and I said, ‘that’s what I want to do.’  I kept working, and kept working and it finally came true,” recalled Rose Run Farm manager Archie Yoder.

“I have been trying to do this for thirty years.  We finally had the right horse on the right day…he was a beautiful horse, and stood well.  They looked him over, he was perfect and ultimately two people wanted him.  Then, it’s hard to tell where they may end up at.”

The top average of trotting sires with seven or more entered was Creatine that accounted for 9 sold and an average of $32,222.  Next was Midland Acres’ Long Tom who presented 29 yearlings for an average of $27,034.  Uncle Peter and What The Hill from Hickory Lane Farm had 14 for $25,429 and 49 for $23,571, respectively.

Dublin Valley Farms’ first crop sire Enterprise, a son of Chapter Seven, had a solid first day, with 23 sold for an average of $23,304, including two sold for around $50,000.

On the pacing side, with 7 or more sold: McArdle (7/$22,571); Yankee Cruiser (10/$20,800); Racing Hill (8/$19,875); Fear The Dragon (42/$17,500); Well Said (8/$15,875) & Pet Rock (7/$10,000).

For complete sales results, go to: ohioharnesshorsebreeders.com or http://www.lexingtonselected.com/ohio_results2021/2021_results_day1.html

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Ohio Select Sale features Top Sires and more

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 –  by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders

CIRCLEVILLE, OH. – With Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale just days away on Friday, September 17 at the Pickaway Ag Center, Circleville, Ohio, many of the Buckeye state’s Standardbred owners and trainers are reviewing videos and inspecting the next crop of champion harness horses.

Hot on the heels of the $2.4 million dollar Ohio Super Night at Northfield, horse people from around the region, and across the country, will be looking for that next Ohio Sire Stakes champion.  Dozens of Super Night victors were sold as yearlings at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale over the years, including this season’s rookie champions Sea Silk and The Mighty Hill.

With the transcendent domination of Ohio pacing sire Downbytheseaside, as well as the success of trotting stallion What The Hill, the Pickaway Ag Center will be the place to be this Friday.

With 280 yearling cataloged, the auction will get underway at 10 am on Sept. 17, with a special Show Day from 4 pm to 6 pm on Thursday, September 16 featuring all the yearlings a prospective purchaser could possibly look at, along with complimentary food and drinks.

Ohio-based sires with seven or more cataloged are: Creatine (10), Downbytheseaside (44), Enterprise (24), Fear The Dragon (42), Long Tom (30), McArdle (7), Pet Rock (7), Racing Hill (8), Uncle Peter (15), Well Said (8), What The Hill (49) & Yankee Cruiser (10).

Individuals with Grand Circuit pedigree highlights include:

Hip # 5 is an Uncle Peter full brother to World Champion IT’S ACADEMIC 3,1:50.3 ($717,472), consigned by Hickory Lane Horse Farm.

Hip # 14 is a What The Hill brother to World Champion BARN GIRL 1:52.3h ($860,478), consigned by Walnut Valley Equine.

Hip # 28 is a Long Tom filly from the same maternal family as NAN’S CATCH 3,1:54.4 ($766,074) and MONI MAKER 1:52.1 ($5,589,256), consigned by Midland Acres.

Hip # 32 is a What The Hill brother to World champion ACTION UNCLE 3,1:52.4h ($577,535), consigned by Marvin Raber Farms, Agent.

Hip # 54 is a Downbytheseaside sister to SECTIONLINETWISTER p,3,1:54.4f-’21, consigned by Cool Winds Farm, Agent.

Hip # 56 is a What The Hill sister to ARCH MADNESS 1:50.2 ($4,288,981), consigned by Hickory Lane Horse Farm.

Hip # 80 is an Enterprise sister to CAVIAR ROXIE DUE 2,1:58.2f-’21 ($84,000), consigned by Dublin Valley Farm.

Hip # 92 is a Downbytheseaside sister to World Champion ELVER HANOVER p,2,1:48.3 ($664,136) consigned by Midland Acres, Agent for Hanover Shoe Farms.

Hip # 100 is a Lost For Words brother the HEART OF CHEWBACCA p,3,1:48.4f-’21 ($344,523), consigned by Spring Haven Farm.

Hip # 102 is a Triumphant Caviar full sister to ROSE RUN SYDNEY 4,1:54.1h ($597,703), consigned by Rose Run Farm.

Hip # 119 is an Uncle Peter sister to World Champion YES 3,1:53.1h ($315,539), consigned by Winterwood Farm, Agent.

Hip # 139 is a Downbytheseaside sister to 2020 Little Brown Jug winner CAPTAIN BARBOSSA p,4,1:47.1-’21 ($561,120), consigned by Steiner Stock Farm.

Hip # 154 is a Fear The Dragon sister to World Champion and 2021 Ohio Sire Stakes Champion 2-year-old pacing filly SEA SILK p,2,1:51.2h-’21 ($340,000), consigned by Steiner Stock Farm.

Hip # 211 is a Downbytheseaside brother to SECRECY p,3,1:51.2 ($252,664), etc., consigned by LMN Bred Stables, Agent.

Hip # 220 is a Creatine brother to MASTER PINE 4,1:55f ($840,254), consigned by Double Tree Farm.

For more information, please visit: ohioharnesshorsebreeders.com or http://www.lexingtonselected.com/cgi/ohio_video_sort_2021.php

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Ohio Jug Sale Up 17.4 %

Ohio Select Jug Sale Up 17 percent

Saturday, September 19, 2020 – by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders

Circleville, OH – Standardbreds by highly sought-after first crop sires, coupled with a considerable increase in auction attendance, resulted in Friday’s (Sept. 18) Ohio Selected Jug Sale enjoying a 17.4 percent increase in average over last year’s figures.

A total of 272 Ohio-bred yearlings passed through the sales ring at the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio for a sales gross of $6,709,000 resulting in an average price per yearling of $24,665.

Prices were strong throughout the day as the median of $20,000 gained $3,000 from 2019.  In addition to the strength and secure opportunities inherent in the Buckeye state harness racing program, a handful of first-crop sires significantly bolstered the coffers of the premier sale’s flagship consignors.

As they have done for six years in a row, Jeff and Senena Esty’s Spring Haven Farm sold the sale topper.  Hip# 175, SPRINGBRIDGE DRAGN was hammered down to Burke Racing of Fredericktown, PA for $120,000. 

From Stonebridge Damsel p,1:53.2h ($206,000), the half-brother to Springbridge Duel p,2,1:51.3-’20 ($92,000) was by Midland Acres’ sire Fear The Dragon.  Also the co-breeder, Senena Esty was ecstatic following the sale.

“Our job is our hobby.  It’s our life…it’s our love.  We bred this colt with our partners from Ontario, Dr. Cal Stiller and his wife Angie, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Also one of the biggest consignors at the sale, Spring Haven sold over 50 horses for a gross of $1.286 million.

Esty added, “The success of this sale is shared across the board.  These are our friends…and our family.  The Ohio breeders are a close knit group.  Many of the consignors that sold here today under their own banner, they also send horses with Spring Haven to sell in Lexington.  We all root for each other.”

Through much of the first half of the sale, the buzz was all about pacing yearlings sired by Downbytheseaside.  Boasting an average over $40,000 for 37 sold ($44,833 for 24 colts), the son of Somebeachsomewhere had three colts bring $100,000 each.

The first to break the six figure mark was Hip# 78, SEASIDE TEA TEA, when he was bought by Brian Brown for a cool $100,000.  The first colt from the Western Hanover mare Tea Pot Hanover p,3,1:52.3f ($188,000), he was consigned by Albert and Mark Adams’ Winterwood Farm, Agent.

Diamond Creek Farm, who manages the stallion career of Downbytheseaside, but stands him in at Sugar Valley Farm, Delaware, Ohio, consigned Hip#102, MOSCOW MITCH, the first foal from WICKED INTENTIONS p,4,1:53.1f ($221,000), she from a half-sister to MYSTICAL MADDY p,4,1:50 ($1.4 million).  Greg Luther, Reynoldburg, Ohio signed the ticket.

Prominent breeder and racehorse owner Adam Bowden was quick to confirm his stallion’s place in the hierarchy.

“This is the type of sale we thought that Downbytheseaside would have.  They look the part and I think that people in Ohio, and outside of Ohio, are looking for this kind of horse.  I don’t think you can consider him a regional horse at this point.”

In addition, Hip# 103, FIRE BY THE SEA sold for $100,000 by Spring Haven Farm, Agent, for Enos Weaver, and was purchased by Brian Brown, Agent, Ostrander, Ohio. 

The big numbers began with Ohio Standardbred breeding stalwart Midland Acres, who teamed up with Hanover Shoe Farms for this auction and sold Hip# 57, SEASIDE HANOVER, a Downbytheseaside half brother to The Little Brown Jug heat winner WESTERN FAME p,1:48.1f ($1,747,000) for $90,000 to Peter Wrenn, Agent, Carmel, IN.

Midland Acres also enjoyed success with two first crop sires: Fear The Dragon, with 33 sold that averaged $26,700 ($32,800 for 15 colts); and Long Tom, the son of Muscle Hill that had 17 go through the ring for an average of $24,000 ($27,750 for 10 colts).

Midland Acres also sold the most horses (64) of any consignor, for a gross of $1.4 million, which included a dozen for Hanover Shoe Farms.

The highest priced trotter of the day was a colt by Long Tom that sold for $80,000 to Dennis Owens, Hamilton, OH.  Hip# 198, BAMBOO, was consigned by Anvil and Lace Farm, Agent, for Walstan Farm.

Another trotter with a great first showing was Hickory Lane’s What The Hill, whose 44 colts and fillies averaged $26,693, the highest of any trotter in the sale with more than three offered.

“From beginning to end it was just a very solid sale…all the way through the catalog.  We were up nearly 20 percent and it truly shows the steady growth we have had over the last five or six years,” stated Kevin Greenfield of Hickory Lane Horse Farm. 

“The enthusiasm was off the charts.  I have never seen a crowd as big as we have had in Ohio this year.”

Ohio Harness Horse Breeders president Randy Haines of Cool Winds Farm agreed.

“The buyers clearly wanted the product we had to offer.  The first crop stallions were extremely well-received.  Ohio is a great place to race.  The buyers were here in full force, and they showed that they were ready to pay good money for our product.”

Complete auction results can be found at the link below:


Ohio Selected Jug Sale
Friday, September 18, 2020

Pickaway Agricultural and Event Center
415 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, Ohio

Ohio Jug Sale Enjoys Robust Show Day

by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders

Circleville, OH – Hundreds of Harness Horse owners and trainers descended upon the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio on Thursday to inspect over 270 yearlings being offered in tomorrow’s (Sept. 18) Ohio Selected Jug Sale.

Highlighted by five popular first crop sires, several with Big League credentials, inspections were heavy throughout the day and all with social distancing and protocols being followed.

Making up nearly half the sale, first crop sires Downbytheseaside, Fear The Dragon, Long Tom, Lost For Words and What The Hill were clearly high on everybody’s inspection list.

The connections of 2017 Dan Patch 3-year-old pacing colt champion Downbytheseaside, Diamond Creek Farm’s Adam Bowden and Sugar Valley Farms’s Joe McLead, were quick to praise their stallion’s progeny. 

“One thing that people liked about Somebeachsomewhere, other than his racetrack prowess, is that all his foals look the same.  You knew exactly what you were getting.  Now you are seeing that with Downbytheseaside …every horse that comes out, they are built in the same mold!”

“It would be shocking to me if they are not extremely successful here…inside and outside of the state of Ohio.”

Brian Brown, trainer of both Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside had a very busy day, as the Delaware, Ohio-based conditioner looked at all 60 of the yearlings by his two star pupils.

“Like any other sires, there are some individuals that I like better than others, but as a group they are some very nice yearlings.”

Jake Mossbarger of Midland Acres agreed.  “We have had great traffic throughout the day and are very happy with the compliments we have received on the Fear The Dragon yearlings.  They have great conformation and we are excited to sell them, along with our well-received group of Long Tom foals.”

“In addition, we are thrilled to have been asked to represent Hanover Shoe Farms at this sale.  We are extremely pleased that we are entrusted with their yearlings, which are also an outstanding group.”

On the trotting side, 2017 Dan Patch 3-year-old trotting colt champion What The Hill’s 47 yearlings got the early attention of top trainers Ron Burke and Chris Beaver, who were looking at the son of Muscle Hill’s colts and fillies first thing this morning.

“Everybody that races regularly in Ohio have been here to look at the What The Hill’s,” noted Hickory Lane Horse Farm owner Kevin Greenfield.

“There has been a lot of interest in him.  I see no issues from an economic standpoint as everyone in the Buckeye State has been racing for all the money they are supposed to.  The money is all there, people can bid with confidence.”

Ohio Harness Horse Breeders president and Cool Winds Farm owner Randy Haines was also optimistic.  “Everybody is racing for a lot of money.  As I have said before, I believe the Ohio program is the best in the country.  The other yearling sales have been strong, so I am confident we will have a good sale as well.”

Tomorrow’s auction begins at 10 a.m. with 278 cataloged, and all social distancing and covid courtesies, including mask-wearing being practiced inside the barns and sale area.

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Catalog – Ohio Selected Jug Sale 2020

How to Bid Online

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STEP 1. Use Chrome or Safari, a newer broswer or download the CCI.live app at Google Play or Apple App store.

STEP 2. Open your app or go to the address of www.CCI.live in your broswer. CCI.live can be used on a cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. Some older models may not a compatible and will show a yellow caution symbol if so.

STEP 3. Create an account and then request bidding credentials through CCI.live. Use the bank information listed on your check. Please use a correct phone and email address.

STEP 4. Once you are accepted for bidding credentials you will receive a text message and/or email notification. Proceed to “Get Buyer Number” on the actual sale page of your interest. Some sales may also require a PASSCODE to obtain a buyer number. On these auctions, you will obtain passcodes from the sale office phone number for the specific auction you are interested in. Please closely read the terms!

STEP 5. You are ready to go! Make sure you understand, once you are logged in, have a buyer number and are watching the sale that you are on a highly sensitive web page. Be careful when scrolling that you do not accidently hit the bid button and watch children closely as they tend to grab cell phones and accidentaly bid.

– Make sure you have good service. Bidding and driving is not recommended. You should have two – three bars on your cellular devices. At home you should have an UPLOAD speed of 2 mg or more UP. Use this site to test your internet: www.speedtest.net.

If you have logged in over an hour prior to sale time, you may need to login again. DO NOT let the computer set idol and then return and try to bid, the website may have logged you out.

CCI.live does not accept payment, you will pay the Ohio Selected Jug Sale company directly. Help videos can be found at www.CCI.live

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Positive changes for Ohio Jug Sale

Big changes are in store for this year’s Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale.  And for both consignors and buyers, they’re all to the good.

Topping the list is a new location for this year’s sale.  It is now to be held at the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, OH on Friday, Sept. 18, with the traditional Yearling Show Day scheduled the day prior.

Also new this year is “live” online bidding, coordinated in real time with each horse that steps into the ring the day of the sale.  Those bidding online will be competing simultaneously with buyers at the sale.

“We’re delighted to be selling now at the Pickaway Ag and Event Center,” said sale manager Randy Manges.”It’s a beautiful new facility that’s first class all the way.  The horses are all housed under roof in separate stable areas, yet it’s an open air facility -perfect for the times we’re in.

“All the usual COVID-19 precautions – sanitizing, social distancing and masks – will be in place for the sale, and the layout of the barns and the size of the sale arena itself help us meet those requirements.  But for those who prefer to bid online we now have a state-of-the-art setup for that as well.”

Manges said the Wendt Group, headquartered in Plain City, OH, is strategically partnering with the sales company and Danny Green’s auction team to set up and facilitate the simultaneous online bidding process.  The Wendt Group is considered a pioneer in online livestock sales and has conducted 6,000 live and 5,500 internet auctions.

Those desiring to bid online will be required to pre-register with the Wendt Group, so there is adequate time for the necessary approval.  Specifics for signup will be available later, both in the sale catalog and in future announcements.

“Ohio was the first state to race when COVID-19 restrictions were eased, and all eyes will be on us as we’ll be among the first to conduct a yearling sale,” Manges said.  “The new sale facility, coupled with online bidding, makes us feel we’re offering the best possible experience to all of our current and potential customers.”

Ohio Select Sale maintains robust bidding and buying

Saturday, September 14, 2019 – by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders

Johnstown, OH – A capacity crowd filled the sales arena at the Brave Horse Show Park to select and purchase 243 Ohio-bred yearlings for a gross of $4,953,000 producing an average sale price of $20,383.  Sunny skies and a pleasant breeze allowed consignors to showcase their trotters and pacers to an eager group at the 2019 Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale that recognizes the strength and excellent opportunities inherent in the Buckeye state’s harness racing program.

Once again, Jeff and Senena Esty’s Spring Haven Farm sold the sale topper.  Hip 105, Lightning Rocks, was a gorgeous Pet Rock half-brother to Love Me Some Lou p,2,1:50.4f ($216,452) that was hammered down to Burke Racing of Fredericktown, PA for $100,000.

2019 Sale Topper, $100,000 Hip 105, Lightning Rocks – Consigned by Spring Haven Farms

“He is a fabulous colt, very well-bred with impeccable conformation,” noted Senena Esty following the auction.

A pacing filly by McArdle topped that division with an $84,000 purchase price. Cory Deyermand of Dorset, OH was the successful bidder of Hip 63, Rose Run Wasaki, a half-sister to Rose Run Uptowngal p,3,1:51.3f-’19 ($193,949). 

Consignor Archie Yoder of Rose Run Farm stated, “Buyers were willing to pay top dollar for good horses, and I am really excited for the people that bought them.”

Ohio Harness Horse Breeders president Randy Haines echoed those remarks and was very pleased with Ohio benchmark event, “If you had what the buyers wanted, they were here to buy.”

Three fillies and a colt all shared top billing for the highest priced trotters in the sale as they all fetched $60,000 respectively.  The highest priced colt was Hip 85, Declared Lawful, a Full Count half-brother to Lawmaker 3,1:53.3 ($328,115) consigned by Marvin Raber Farm and purchased by Miles Woolam of Brookfield, OH.  Full Count sired five yearlings in the sale which averaged $44,400.

Two fillies from the third crop of Uncle Peter also brought $60,000: Hip 135, Miss Meringue was consigned by Mitch and Laura Nault’s LMN Bred Stables, Inc. and purchased by Anthony MacDonald’s The Stable.ca, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; and Hip 207, Aunt Lil, consigned by Double Spring Farm, Agent and taken home by Burke Racing.  Uncle Peter had 36 yearlings represented in the sale and averaged just shy of $20,000.

Yearlings from the first crop of Racing Hill were also well received and brought some new faces to the sale as his trainer Tony Alagna was on hand to inspect and ultimately purchase one of the Ohio-bred pacers. 

All told, 35 youngsters by the Breeders Crown winner averaged $24,143, with the highest priced colt being purchased by Brian Brown of Ostranger, OH for $54,000.  Hip 94, Roczen, was just the second foal from the good racemare Rockratese p,4,1:52.1f ($217,733) and was consigned by Hickory Lane Farm, home of Racing Hill.

Kevin Greenfield, owner of Hickory Lane Farm opined, “You never know how first crop sires will produce, but overall the way people bid on them told me that they wanted them and hope that they succeed.”

Established Ohio sire Yankee Cruiser topped the average for pacers with 11 offerings at $32,727 per horse.  Midland Acres president Dr. John Mossbarger, who stands the horse and had 45 yearlings sold at the sale, stated, ”We thought we had a very good sale.  It was a very solid sale with a lot of active bidding. We were very pleased with our whole consignment, led in part by the strength of the Pet Rock and Yankee Cruiser yearlings.  We are very thankful to all of the bidders and buyers that helped us have another successful auction.”

Link to sales results:


2019 Ohio Super Night Champions

Queen Of The Pride p,3,1:51.1f–’19 ($660,479) – 2019 Ohio Champion 3yo Pacing Filly
Elver Hanover p,2,1:51.2h–’19 ($256,500) – 2019 Ohio Champion 2yo Pacing Colt
(JJ Zamaiko photos)

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